What Is the Standard Size of a Gate in a Fence?

Gates provide barriers to yards and commercial sites while allowing access to both foot traffic and vehicular traffic. They can be made from steel, wood, iron or synthetic products. Gates can be custom-made, but they also come in standard sizes to make it easy to order them.

Vases (pots) on both sides of small gate
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A blue gate creates an opening in a stone wall.

Pedestrian Gates

Pedestrian gates are found along walkways, affording entrance into spaces off the path, such as a yard. They are wide enough for people to enter walking small items, such as bicycles, but not large enough for vehicles. A standard pedestrian gate is typically 3 feet wide but should be enlarged to 5 feet if it's necessary to move though larger items, such as a ride-on lawn mower.

Driveway Gates

Gates that are used to allow cars into private property are usually 10 to 12 feet wide. These gates are either swinging or sliding gates unless an electronic system is installed. A double driveway will require a larger gate.

Commercial-Use Gates

Some gates must be larger to accommodate bigger vehicles. This is often seen in rural areas, where septic trucks or other large vehicles pass through from time to time. These gates should be 18 feet wide. They can either be a regular gate or a gate fashioned out of removable fencing.

Double Gates

Double gates close together in the center. They can be ordered in standard sizes such as 3 feet or larger and put together to make a gate twice as wide. By adding a brace on one half, you can either open both halves or one gate at a time.